A neck lift is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and stretching the underlying tissue to tighten the skin around your neck and jowls. It’s also known as a rhytide lift or a platysmaplasty. A neck lift is an effective way to restore your natural V-shaped profile when you have developed jowls or loose skin from aging, weight gain, natural growth, or an accumulation of sun exposure. A neck lift may be the perfect solution if you feel self-conscious about your jawline and double chin appearance. Here is what you need to know about neck lifts before making an informed decision.
How Can a Neck Lift Alter Your Appearance?
A neck lift can eliminate sagging skin and excess fat from your jawline, making your face appear more youthful. This procedure can also help you achieve a more defined jawline, making you look slimmer and more attractive. A neck lift can also make your chin appear more prominent and improve the appearance of lines around your mouth.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
A neck lift can be beneficial for both men and women of any age, ideally, those who want to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls and a double chin. A neck lift procedure is recommended for patients who do not smoke, have no medical conditions that may slow down the healing process, and are generally in good health.
What Happens During a Neck Lift Procedure?
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can last for a few hours. A neck lift surgeon will make incisions to remove excess skin and fat to restore the natural shape of your face and neck. The surgeon will lift and reposition the underlying muscles and connective tissue during a neck lift. The surgeon will then use sutures, staples, or clips to close the incisions.
Recovery Time After a Neck Lift
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital and help you with daily activities for a few weeks. You can expect to experience swellings, bruising, and discomfort after the surgery but your doctor will prescribe pain medication to alleviate this pain. Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting so the stitches can remain intact. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions on caring for your incisions and what you can do while recovering, speeding up the process, and minimizing pain and scarring.
How to Find a Qualified Plastic Surgeon
When choosing a plastic surgeon, you must find someone with whom you feel comfortable and confident. It would be best to choose a board-certified surgeon who operates in an accredited facility and has the proper training while doing the procedure. Before your consultation, you should do some research on the surgeon and the practice to make sure they are qualified and reputable.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about the neck lift procedure, contact Allegany Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carptenter. His artistic touch and exceptional care for his patients will reassure you as you plan for your neck lift procedure.